I noticed that today is the birthday of the actor Sir Christopher Lee.  (I hadn’t been aware that he was knighted.  I assume it was for his more recent work such as his Star Wars and Lord of the Rings roles and not his earlier horror flicks.)

At any rate, as I glanced over the wiki entry for him, I noticed two interesting facts about Lee.

First, he’s a step-cousin of Ian Fleming.  Of course, he actually starred as the villain in the rayther wretched The Man With The Golden Gun, but apparently Lee was somewhat more involved in the whole Bond franchise than that.   It would seem that Fleming actually wanted him to play Dr. No early on.

Second, during WWII, he served as an intelligence officer with the Long Range Desert Group in North Africa.  What was the LRDG?  Well, it was a sort of commando-cum-recon unit that worked behind the Axis lines, haunting the coastal bases and roads and fading into the desert as needed.  Intel-gathering and occassional raiding were its forte, and it was manned by a remarkable collection of characters.

A pretty good fictional account of the LRDG can be found in Derek Robinson’s A Good Clean Fight, in case you’re interested in learning more about their largely unsung efforts.

Anyway, I thought that was worth mentioning.